My Education - Sunrise

7 songs
44:51 minutes
***** ****
Golden Antenna


It would be too easy and frankly not fair to dismiss My Education as just another post rock band. Founded in 1999, Sunrise is already the Texans’ fifth album, consisting of seven lengthy instrumentals written as a musical score for F.W. Murnau’s silent movie Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans from 1927.

I haven’t had the chance to see the band perform their soundtrack, but the eight musicians prove that the music also works without the moving pictures. Although there are certainly elements of post rock used here, My Education go a lot further by incorporating instruments like viola, cello, piano and vibraphone, combining modern day sounds with the warm analogue atmospheres of experimental German kraut rock in the vein of Popol Vuh and Amon Düül II.

The strings-only opener Sunset may be a rather quiet entrance into the album, but the following City Woman adds guitar, bass and drums, coming up with an entrancing post kraut sound that is unlike that of any other instrumental band around right now. My Education live up to their fullest potential on Oars where they show themselves from their most dynamic side.

In times where too few post rock bands are able to set new accent, My Education are one of the rare acts that dare to go their own way, and they succeed all the way. Fans of cinematic scores will adore Sunrise, but also more conventional music fans shouldn’t be deterred because My Education never lose sight of the song itself.

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